Kelli X
Recruitment Chair, NLC Nashville

Kelli X is the Pastor of The Village Church, an African centered church in Madison, TN. Rev. X grew up on the South Side of Chicago and attended Tennessee State University, where she earned a B.S in Psychology (’02). Rev. X became an active member of The Village Church in 1999, as it was the first community of faith, she encountered that celebrates its African heritage while loving Jesus and actively answering God’s call to fight for justice for of all of God’s creation.

After nearly a decade of working with children and families living with mental illness and maneuvering the foster care system, Rev. X stepped deeper in her call to ministry by attending Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she earned a Master of Divinity (’12). Moved by Psalm 150 and Romans 12:1, Rev. X has dedicated her life and inspires her congregation to live lives of worship of God and service to the world. Committed to speaking truth to power, Rev. X has partnered throughout her ministry with organizations such as Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), Planned Parenthood, Moral Movement Tennessee, Southern Christian Coalition, Protect Our Care and New Leaders Council (recruitment co-chair) to seek justice for all God’s children.

Rev. X is happily married to Rico X, with whom she shares two amazing children, Kijani and Asatira.